Did you know: the battery in this $100 phone is twice as large as the one in the iPhone 6s


When speaking about the phone market in general, one has to admit that on one hand, you have the Apple iPhone 6s, a clear leader in terms sales, and then, on the other, all the rest of the competitors. The exceptionally strong sales alone make the iPhone stand out in the crowd.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, you have dirt cheap smartphones coming from China. And since it's hard to imagine two devices so far apart from each other - a pricey, premium iPhone and a dirt cheap Chinese phone - we thought we might just draw a parallel between the two, given their diametrically opposed positions.

One particular detail has drawn our attention: the battery in the just released Xiaomi Redmi 3. Now, for starters, the Redmi 3 is a phone that sells for around $105 in China (it will be available in Asia, but Xiaomi is not selling its devices in the United States or Europe). It's a lot of phone given its price: it features a sleek metal body available in the Apple-esque silver, grey and gold colors, it sports an iOS-like MIUI custom Android skin running atop 5.1 Lollipop, and it even boasts main camera with phase detection auto-focus.

What's particularly impressive about it, though, is that it also has a 4,100mAh battery. That's massive! It's especially interesting to know that this size of a battery is in fact more than double the 1,715mAh battery on the iPhone 6s.

Of course, actual battery life depends on a multitude of factors: the power draw of the display being of paramount importance, but also the way the operating system is organized, and so on. This is to say that battery size alone does not automatically translate into actually better real-world battery life. However, there is a clear relation that cannot be denied: all other things equal, a larger battery unequivocally results in longer battery life. And in an era when all polls show that the number one wish of customers is higher battery life, it's quite interesting to see that a Chinese company is able to cram in 4,100mAh cell in a phone with a body measuring just 8.5mm thin, while the much more expensive modern day iPhone 6s sticks with a rather small cell.

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32 Comments

1. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Why does it have to be the iPhone =(

2. twens

Posts: 1173; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

I think you already know the answer to your question.

4. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

i remember an article posted on PA some months ago where a senior Apple's Exec. said that exceeding the battery size will exceed the price of the device. such a joke...

20. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

"...available in the Apple-esque silver, grey and gold colors..." Even Silver is Apple-sque now!

26. Acer_Predator unregistered

ape os one joke

3. sgodsell

Posts: 7223; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Because everyone knows that Apple overpriced their iPhones by a mile. It even has a low resolution display at its price. Yet this phone is only $100 with a 1920x1080 display and a massive battery. This device clearly shows how greedy Apple truely is.

5. aesthetics

Posts: 128; Member since: Oct 02, 2014

The iPhones resolution is enough at 4,7". The small battery is the real problem here

9. deanylev

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 11, 2014

Nope. It's easy to tell that it's only 720p (slightly higher, I don't care). 1080p, especially at that price, would be great. And a nice big beefy battery too.

8. deanylev

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 11, 2014

This phone has a 1280x720 display.

10. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

720p; redmi 3 comes with a 720p display. As a customer yes I think iPhones are too costly to buy But from a business point of view, why sell for lower when people;millions of them are ready to pay premium price for it? Cant blame them. Think from both side does make sense.

35. Nabil111

Posts: 105; Member since: Apr 14, 2014

Its like one of those things that just shouldn't work but it does work really well. There should be millions of people that just say "I don't care how optimized you say it is or how revolutionary it is, the price is too damn high and the specs are too damn low" but they don't.....I just don't understand....but I can't stop watching.

18. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Let me know the nearest xiamoi store is where I can buy their product, speak with a rep in person, then also do repair when I damage it and not loose the warranty. While you find me that store, ill wait.

21. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

Yeah. I understand lots of people buy iPhones because of the brand name and its recognition and Apple is ok to put a really high price tag, but what is their excuse not to put a big battery on their $700 phones.

27. Acer_Predator unregistered

well most sad from it is that ppl will buy it.. so ppl are so stupid..

11. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

In the name of thinness apple sacrifice too much. Small battery to now 3.5mm jack (waterproofing can be another reason for than but then again Sony comes to mind) With such a low capacity battery iOS fairly does plays very efficient (but still not enough) but if they change their mind (by sacrificing thinness) and put a better capacity battery then it'll be absolutely great .

25. Acer_Predator unregistered

bcis it is marketing.. all tbeze sites are own by ape..

6. Arte9000

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 10, 2016

Apple is a worse company than the Rothschilds themselves, it a greedy monstor who idolzes steve "off to hell" jobs who fought and was killed with cancer while fighting a failure battle with android!!!!!! Android4Life

7. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

It's beyond sane's person comprehension.

12. dimas

Posts: 3347; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I'd be happy if xiaomi can create an xperia compact competitor and distribute it with ease to the world. A 4.6" redmi3 can be a starting point.

15. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Since when has phone retail price been relevant to battery size? You pay for the package and the pro's and cons of that. If you want a cheap-ass phone with a big battery then here you go, I'm sure it'll be amazing...

16. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Greedy Arrogant Selfish Liar

17. carlemillward unregistered

Did you know Sony Ericsson Satio was the first 12MP camera phone in 2009?

19. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

I'll get my mom one of these soon. SD616 will eat through that battery in no time. It'll get average to above average battery life, all things considered

22. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

It will get you 2-3 days of battery life easily.

23. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

With Apple, you're not paying for the best hardware on a specification sheet, but you're paying for hardware that's very well optimized for its software, usually. And you're also paying the rich ecosystems of services access. That's something these Chinese phones, that put almost no R&D into their product, mass marketing, or quality control, can boast about.

24. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

Agree with you on many things except R&D, Aplle spend less money on Research compare to how big/rich it is. They spend more money on marketing compare to research.

28. AlikMalix unregistered

Apple spends less if you're referring to percentage per capital owned wise, but dollar to dollar it's nearly the same as Google.

29. AlikMalix unregistered

I forgot one thing, when did any of these manufactures build their own OS, supported their own ecosystem, and provided free face to face assistance? And all without subsidizing the cost of the device with bloatware or pushing advertising by blocking your ability to remove ads. Android is a susten to monetize on advertising - you're still paying a lot for it. Don't be angry that people prefer to be a customer not the product.

30. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Thank God apple gave you guys the ad blocker. Now the rest of us 90% of smartphone users will drown in ads.............or not. Go ahead and pay a s**t load of money for low tech s**t products, who cares. BTW how come they sue their customers, when they want the iphone repaired under warranty? Why do they give free jumpers to their customers, when they should give them a new product that has a none defect antenna? They have gotten into your mind if you think that apple does what they because of you and your fellow ios users......you are just sheep they can keep on milking for more money every single year......

33. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Seem to be far more Samsung users here than iPhone users, bit of an angry herd mentality too... When Apple were small nerds loved them, now they're big nerds hate them. It's just always going to be the way with such things, people like to feel special and more intelligent however they can.

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